Dear Transport for London,

If possible, could I be provided with a copy of all the audio files used for announcements and 'jingles' on all of TfL's public transport modes (Buses, D.L.R, Trams, Overground, Underground, River boats, TfL Rail and Cable cars) as well as stations and terminus.

Thank you in advance
Yours faithfully,

Sam Inman

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Sam Inman

 

TfL Ref: FOI-0217-2223

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 28
April 2022.

 

We will aim to issue a response by 26 May 2022 in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy.

 

We publish a substantial range of information on our website on subjects
including operational performance, contracts, expenditure, journey data,
governance and our financial performance. This includes data which is
frequently asked for in FOI requests or other public queries. Please check
[1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

 

We will publish anonymised versions of requests and responses on the
[2]www.tfl.gov.uk website. We will not publish your name and we will send
a copy of the response to you before it is published on our website.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Eva Hextall

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Sam Inman

 

TfL Ref: FOI-0217-2223

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 28
April 2022, asking for iBus, London Underground, London Overground, DLR,
TfL Rail, Cable Car and River boats audio announcements.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.  I can
confirm that we hold some of the information you require.

 

Your email account will be added to the permissions list to access the
audio recordings you have requested and you should receive an email with a
link enabling you to access the folder (please check your spam folder if
this is not visible). Upon opening the link you will be asked to verify
your account which will generate a code to be send to your email address
which is only valid for 15 minutes (you may need to check your spam
folder). Once that code is entered you will have access to the relevant
files which can then be downloaded. Should you encounter any difficulty
with this please contact [1][email address]

Please note that access to this material will be provided to you under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000, you are not granted any rights to any of
the intellectual property that exists in it or granted any permission to
make secondary uses of it. TfL owns all intellectual property (including,
without limitation, copyright) in the material supplied and will defend
such rights.

If you wish to make any secondary use of the material provided, you must
first obtain the consent of TfL (which may be withheld) and, if consent is
granted, a fee may be charged, in accordance with the terms of the Reuse
of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005.

Please note only London Underground’s Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly
lines are included in the folder. This is because we are not obliged to
supply announcements for the other tube lines as the information is
subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information
under section 43(2). Similarly, under section 43(2) we are not obliged to
supply the audio files for the Cable Car.

In this instance section 43(2) has been applied as disclosure of the
information requested would be likely to prejudice the commercial
interests of TfL and/or the company used to provide the recordings. The
recordings in question were provided to TfL/London Underground under a
signed contracts which contained explicit conditions concerning disclosure
and distribution.

These contracts specify that the recordings are solely to be used for the
purpose for which they were created and for broadcast on the London
Underground network only. If TfL were to disclose these recordings in
response to an FOI request, it would constitute an actionable breach of
contract and would be likely to result in a valid legal claim against
London Underground or the license to use the recordings being withdrawn,
which would impose additional, unnecessary, costs. TfL wishes to protect
its commercial interests and ability to participate in future commercial
activity. The disclosure of this information would be to the detriment of
present and future business activities for both parties.

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public
interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned.
TfL recognises the need for openness and transparency within public
authorities and the degree of public interest concerning London transport
announcements in light of the recent disclosure of iBus announcements.
However, in this instance this is outweighed by the damage that would be
done to TfL’s ability to use these recordings and any future contractual
negotiations that may take place regarding the London Underground and
Emirates Air Line announcements.

 

In regard to the DLR audio announcements, we do not hold this information.
The on train announcements for DLR are not held in any central repository
and are not ‘recorded ‘ as such. These are done digitally as needed by
typing them into a system, combining previously typed announcements where
necessary. It is therefore not possible to provide an audio recording, as
requested. The station announcements are held on a central system but not
in a form that allows them to be distributed.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Eva Hextall

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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FOI, Transport for London

Dear Sam Inman

 

Further to my email, I’m writing to inform you that we are unable to add
“What Do They Know” email addresses to the permissions list to access the
audio recordings. We require a personal email account that you can access
to verify and get a code to gain access to the audio recordings.

 

Please provide us with your personal email address. You can email us
directly at FOI’at’tfl.gov.uk.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Eva Hextall

 

 

 

TfL RESTRICTED

From: FOI
Sent: 23 May 2022 12:58
To: '[FOI #857665 email]'
<[FOI #857665 email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Audio files for London Transport
CRM:0140502

 

Dear Sam Inman

 

TfL Ref: FOI-0217-2223

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 28
April 2022, asking for iBus, London Underground, London Overground, DLR,
TfL Rail, Cable Car and River boats audio announcements.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.  I can
confirm that we hold some of the information you require.

 

Your email account will be added to the permissions list to access the
audio recordings you have requested and you should receive an email with a
link enabling you to access the folder (please check your spam folder if
this is not visible). Upon opening the link you will be asked to verify
your account which will generate a code to be send to your email address
which is only valid for 15 minutes (you may need to check your spam
folder). Once that code is entered you will have access to the relevant
files which can then be downloaded. Should you encounter any difficulty
with this please contact [1][email address]

Please note that access to this material will be provided to you under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000, you are not granted any rights to any of
the intellectual property that exists in it or granted any permission to
make secondary uses of it. TfL owns all intellectual property (including,
without limitation, copyright) in the material supplied and will defend
such rights.

If you wish to make any secondary use of the material provided, you must
first obtain the consent of TfL (which may be withheld) and, if consent is
granted, a fee may be charged, in accordance with the terms of the Reuse
of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005.

Please note only London Underground’s Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly
lines are included in the folder. This is because we are not obliged to
supply announcements for the other tube lines as the information is
subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information
under section 43(2). Similarly, under section 43(2) we are not obliged to
supply the audio files for the Cable Car.

In this instance section 43(2) has been applied as disclosure of the
information requested would be likely to prejudice the commercial
interests of TfL and/or the company used to provide the recordings. The
recordings in question were provided to TfL/London Underground under a
signed contracts which contained explicit conditions concerning disclosure
and distribution.

These contracts specify that the recordings are solely to be used for the
purpose for which they were created and for broadcast on the London
Underground network only. If TfL were to disclose these recordings in
response to an FOI request, it would constitute an actionable breach of
contract and would be likely to result in a valid legal claim against
London Underground or the license to use the recordings being withdrawn,
which would impose additional, unnecessary, costs. TfL wishes to protect
its commercial interests and ability to participate in future commercial
activity. The disclosure of this information would be to the detriment of
present and future business activities for both parties.

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public
interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned.
TfL recognises the need for openness and transparency within public
authorities and the degree of public interest concerning London transport
announcements in light of the recent disclosure of iBus announcements.
However, in this instance this is outweighed by the damage that would be
done to TfL’s ability to use these recordings and any future contractual
negotiations that may take place regarding the London Underground and
Emirates Air Line announcements.

 

In regard to the DLR audio announcements, we do not hold this information.
The on train announcements for DLR are not held in any central repository
and are not ‘recorded ‘ as such. These are done digitally as needed by
typing them into a system, combining previously typed announcements where
necessary. It is therefore not possible to provide an audio recording, as
requested. The station announcements are held on a central system but not
in a form that allows them to be distributed.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Eva Hextall

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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Paul Brown left an annotation ()

Sam,

Refer to “Looking for announcements?” at the top of every page at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/body/tfl

There are announcements at the link.